My name is Kelli Folkerts. I teach 3rd grade at Garton Elementary School. This is my 25th year at Garton! I graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 and then got my masters degree from Drake University in 1998.
I have two daughters, Abby and Grace. They both attended Garton, too! Abby is a sophomore at Iowa State University. Grace is in 6th grade at Goodrell Middle School. My husband, Randy, is a 7-12 guidance counselor at Martensdale St. Marys Schools. In my free time, I enjoy attending Iowa State football games, watching Iowa State basketball, and following the Dallas Cowboys! I love teaching at Garton.
I have the best teaching team and enjoy working with the students!
Hello!!! My name is Brooke Fry. I am currently teaching 5th Grade here at Garton Elementary. Previously, I spent 15 years teaching 5th Grade at King Elementary. I am a graduate of Iowa State University and just completed my ELL endorsement at Grand View University. I will be earning my Master’s Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership next.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two children, going to performances at the Civic Center and Des Moines Playhouse and cheering on the Cyclones.
Hello! My name is Susan Schafer and I teach 3rd grade at Garton Elementary. I have been teaching at Garton since 1995! I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a reading endorsement. I love teaching 3rd grade at Garton!
When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 4 children.
I have been at Garton Elementary since 2003. I have taught 2nd and 5th grade, but spent the majority of my years teaching 3rd grade. I received my undergraduate college degree in Ancient Civilization from the University of Iowa. I worked in the field of archaeology for 3 years before returning to Iowa and obtaining my Elementary Education certification. I earned my Masters in Science in Education at Drake University in 2008.
I served for 14 years in the Iowa Army National Guard where I was a Signal Officer and instructor at the Iowa Military Academy for Officer Candidate School.
I spend most of my free time on adventures with my two kids. I enjoy reading, biking and spending time with my family. I love the challenges and joy that teaching brings to my life. There is always something new to learn each and every day.